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#1 Oct 28 2010 at 11:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Party Search and Recruitment

Party Search

The Party Search function allows you to quickly and easily find a party. Using this feature allows you to join a group even if the party leader is far away from you. Here I will break down all the options available to you to help you quickly find the parties that suit your interests! One thought that may help you understand the options better is to think of them as filters. If you leave all the options blank/none, your search won't be filtered and it will display all parties that are looking for players in your rank range.

Name - This option allows you to search for a party by the name of its leader. If you're unsure of the exact spelling of the leader you can enter a partial name. For example, if you are searching for 'Healzsz Zalot' you can type in 'Healzsz Zalot', 'Healz', 'Zalot', or 'lzsz' to help you find the party leader you're searching for.

Purpose - This gives you the option to search for a specific purpose. The current options are: None, Regional Levequest, Local Levequest, and Quest. These options are self explanatory. If you are looking for a Skill Point Party you will select the None option.

Location - From here you can narrow down your search to specific locations. This drop down menu displays all three major cities and all of the major Aetheryte locations, however, it does not display the Aetheryte Gate locations. If you are looking for a Skill Point Party it's probably best to choose None for this option, but if you are looking for Regional or Local Levequests, just pick the location that best suits your rank range.

Target - This option allows you to search for a party based on the rank of one of your classes. When a party is formed, the party leader may set a rank range in which to recruit players from. When this happens you may get different search results for each class you have ranked up. You will only be able to select classes that you have at least equipped a weapon for. In addition, the party leader may be searching for a specific class or discipline. Let's say Healzsz Zalot is searching for Disciples of Magic between the ranks of 15 - 20. You have a Conjurer rank 14. If conjurer is selected as the Target your search results won't display Healzsz Zalot's party, however, you also have THM at rank 17. If you change the Target to THM and select begin search, you will see Healzsz Zalot's party and be able to join. Alternatively, if you have Gladiator at 17 and do the same search, you will not see his party since he is only looking for Disciples of Magic.

Once you've selected all your filters, you can click on the Begin Search button. This will display all the results of your search options and give you some information on each party. The following is an example of what you might see:

Healzsz Zalot           Regional Levequest 
Limsa Lominsa       Disciples of Magic   0/5

Rina Rinehart(1)          None(2) 
None(3)              Any(4)                3/5(5)

(1)Party Leader (2)Purpose (3)Location (4)Class/Discipline (5)Recruited/Recruiting Amount

In the above example you will see two parties being displayed. The first party was formed by Healzsz Zalot and is looking specifically for 5 Disciples of Magic to do Regional Levequests in Limsa Lominsa. The second party was formed by Rina Rinehart looking for 5 of any class to do anything anywhere and has found 3 players so far.

Clicking on a party will give you all of the information about that party that we've covered so far and also includes the quest the leader is seeking assistance on, the rank range of the party, and most importantly a message from the party leader, hopefully, explaining in detail the purpose of the party and location of the party including coordinates.

From here you can choose to join the party by click on the Join button. By doing so you will automatically join that party. As of now, you won't be able to join the party if that party is currently in battle so you may have to try a couple times or send a tell to the leader.

It's all that simple!

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#2 Oct 28 2010 at 11:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Party Recruitment

The Party Recruit function allows you to easily find members for your party. You can select a number of options to help narrow down the right people for your party and quickly get into battle! In this section, I will break down all of the options available to you as a party leader to find the players these players.

Purpose - This option will set your parties purpose. You can select: None, Regional Levequest, Local Levequest, and Quest. These options are self explanatory. If you are looking for members for a Skill Point Party you will should select the None option. If you have selected any of the quest options another drop down menu will become available. This drop down will list all of your current quests if you have any.

Location - Here you can specify a location for your party. The drop down menu displays all three major cities and all of the major Aetheryte locations, however, it does not display the Aetheryte Gate locations. If you are looking for members for a Skill Point Party you can select None, the closest Aetheryte Camp or the closest major city. If you are looking for Regional or Local Levequests, just pick the location that matches the location of your guildleves.

Conditions - This is where the meat of the options are. After you click on the Conditions button you will be given a number of choices. These choices announce what classes you're looking for, the level range of those classes and the number of those classes you need. The first drop down is the classes. You can select a specific class, a discipline, or you can choose Any if it doesn't matter what class joins. Next is the rank range. The rank range consists of two options the first is the minimum rank for the party and the second is the maximum rank for the party. Lastly, we have the number of the specified class you are looking for. This can be any number between 1 and 14, however, if you have people in your party already you will not be able to set this number higher than it would take to have 15 maximum people in your party. You can set a maximum of 4 conditions by using the + and - buttons.

Message - Once you have set all your conditions you will need to set a message. This message can't be more than 120 characters in length and cannot use the Auto-Translate function at this time. Your message should detail any classes you're looking for, the rank range of the party, and the location of the party including coordinates. The more information you can give the better. The game is still very new and not everyone knows every location yet and soon PS3 players will be joining us and they won't know up from down for a while.

Once you've set all of your options, conditions, and your message simply click Begin Recruiting. Now players from anywhere in the game will be able to search for your party and join automatically! Keep in mind, however, that players will not be able to join your party if you or your party are engaged in combat as of right now.

A couple youtube videos to explain everything covered in a visual format:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JVK3vL_pXE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRMSfqngweE

Edited, Oct 28th 2010 11:25am by Ravida
#3 Oct 28 2010 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Any suggestions or improvements? Let me know!

The more people that understand and use the party system, the easier it will be for everyone!

You can get faster skill points from partying so it's worth taking the time to learn the system.
#4 Oct 28 2010 at 12:44 PM Rating: Good
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Thank you for this. I haven't played around with the recruitment options yet, mainly because I never found anything explaining how it all works. Much appreciated.
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#5 Oct 28 2010 at 12:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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Good stuff. This is the kind of stuff that should have been in the instruction manual instead of 4x sized pics of every race, gender and clan...

Edited, Oct 28th 2010 8:17pm by Sephrick
#6 Oct 28 2010 at 1:51 PM Rating: Good
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After watching your videos this makes TONS more since to me...
Also I believe they set the "search" up like this to help folks avoid the annoying /tells to Con/Whm/Brd/Rdm every 10sec.
"Come party" "Do you wanna party" "hey are you busy lets party"

With this setup the party is just open for anyone to join, or you can see the party setup before you enter.
However having somewhere to "seek" party would still be nice. To be able to search for all Con or all Gld SEEKing would be awesome. Maybe in the future we will get this.

But great explanation. Thanks!

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#8 Oct 28 2010 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
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edge1006 wrote:

However having somewhere to "seek" party would still be nice. To be able to search for all Con or all Gld SEEKing would be awesome. Maybe in the future we will get this.


I completely agree! There needs to be a 3rd option for the party menu "Seek". I also have faith an option like this will be added eventually, I'm just concerned on how long it will take before this happens.

I really hope this guide will get people using the party search/recruit function more. Here's to hoping!
#9 Oct 28 2010 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
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Great guide! Will definitely try it out tonight.

...Wonder if this can be made into a Wiki guide?
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#10 Oct 28 2010 at 9:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Very nice guide!

I remember using this function in OB (it seemed extremely intuitive after playing FFXI), and being disappointed that so few people were taking advantage of the system.

If I may make one slight suggestion about the guide, the following section of the first post might be clearer if you used another fake name instead of Healzsz Zalot2.

Ravida wrote:

Once you've selected all your filters, you can click on the Begin Search button. This will display all the results of your search options and give you some information on each party. The following is an example of what you might see:

Healzsz Zalot           Regional Levequest 
Limsa Lominsa       Disciples of Magic   0/5

Healzsz Zalot2(1)       None(2) 
None(3)             Any(4)               3/5(5)

(1)Party Leader (2)Purpose (3)Location (4)Class/Discipline (5)Recruited/Recruiting Amount


At first glance, it looks like the same person can set up two different party requests. Of course, if you continue to read the guide, it becomes apparent that these are two different fictitious characters. But, to make it more visually clear from the get-go, it may be worth replacing Healzsz Zalot2 with something completely different from Healzsz Zalot. I'm sure you can think of hundreds of creative names!

Thanks again!
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BrickLayer wrote:
Very nice guide!

I remember using this function in OB (it seemed extremely intuitive after playing FFXI), and being disappointed that so few people were taking advantage of the system.

If I may make one slight suggestion about the guide, the following section of the first post might be clearer if you used another fake name instead of Healzsz Zalot2.

Ravida wrote:

Once you've selected all your filters, you can click on the Begin Search button. This will display all the results of your search options and give you some information on each party. The following is an example of what you might see:

Healzsz Zalot           Regional Levequest 
Limsa Lominsa       Disciples of Magic   0/5

Healzsz Zalot2(1)       None(2) 
None(3)             Any(4)               3/5(5)

(1)Party Leader (2)Purpose (3)Location (4)Class/Discipline (5)Recruited/Recruiting Amount


At first glance, it looks like the same person can set up two different party requests. Of course, if you continue to read the guide, it becomes apparent that these are two different fictitious characters. But, to make it more visually clear from the get-go, it may be worth replacing Healzsz Zalot2 with something completely different from Healzsz Zalot. I'm sure you can think of hundreds of creative names!

Thanks again!


Thanks for the suggestion! I made the change. ^^
#12 Oct 29 2010 at 12:45 AM Rating: Good
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nice guide, sticky it please :D , people should party more, but it's SE's fault for not explaining it. The system really works, but I don't think much people use it at the moment.
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#13 Oct 29 2010 at 2:31 AM Rating: Good
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Ravida wrote:
edge1006 wrote:

However having somewhere to "seek" party would still be nice. To be able to search for all Con or all Gld SEEKing would be awesome. Maybe in the future we will get this.


I completely agree! There needs to be a 3rd option for the party menu "Seek". I also have faith an option like this will be added eventually, I'm just concerned on how long it will take before this happens.

I really hope this guide will get people using the party search/recruit function more. Here's to hoping!


I also agree with the above.

Thanks for posting this though. Hopefully this will get more people using it and make it easier to sort a party.
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#14 Oct 29 2010 at 3:25 AM Rating: Decent
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I rarely started parties in XI but in XIV it's just super easy and effortless. Because after you set it up the party gets formed by itself without any hassle.

Because it's so under-used by the players I can usually form a party within 15 minutes as I'm one of the few results they get in pt-search list.

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Yea I thought the party menu was a bunch of gibberish at first glance. But, the more I started to mess with it and refine all the PT searches it made clear sense to me. It really isn't all that complex like people have made it out to be. If people would take the time and "mess around" with the different options and do a few searches more would begin to understand it. I think some people might be affraid to join a party by accident while they are looking around under the menus. But don't be, no harm done. It is very nice not having to /sea all 15-20 GLAD or what not while forming a pt, as long as people are USING the options they are given. If someone wants to party w/o their LS (which I hope starts happening more) just pop up the party menu and start searching all the parties server wide. But I don't know, maybe people just don't feel the need for it right now because the no goals feeling. Not sure. I guess if you're in a hurry to form a good party (which most people are) then yea, an /invite pool of players would be nice, also. However, IMO I think A LOT of people playing are looking at the PS3 release with $$$ in their eyes. "All these noobs and no gear, heck yea I'm crafting!" Double Dunno, but hopely random parties start to pick up instead of mostly LS parties currently.

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Oh yea, I think you're on Wutai server, no? I pt'ed with a Rina Rinahart last night I believe.
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SplatterPattern wrote:

Oh yea, I think you're on Wutai server, no? I pt'ed with a Rina Rinahart last night I believe.


Nope, we're on Figaro. ^^
#17 Oct 31 2010 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
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The more people know about how to use the party search and recruitment function the better. Tell your friends and linkshell mates how to use it or refer them to this guide!
#18 Nov 03 2010 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I've been seeing more and more people using the party functions! Help spread the word!
#19 Nov 03 2010 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Just used it this weekend. Its pretty easy to use once you've done it, and it works really well.

It just needs a better interface/labeling
#20 Nov 03 2010 at 3:12 PM Rating: Decent
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This is information that really should be added to the FFXIV Wiki here on Zam, otherwise it will simply be lost once this thread leaves the front page.

I highly suggest visiting the Wiki help page for submitting game guides so that this information can be preserved and shared with everyone - http://ffxiv.zam.com/wiki/Guidelines#Writing_Game_Guides
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